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Overview

Introduction to Cumberland, Rhode Island

Cumberland, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 7 miles N of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center) and 32 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the surrounding Providence - Fall River - Warwick metro area, and is home to some 31,840 residents.

Cumberland History

Cumberland was originally part of Rehoboth, a town in Massachusetts which was purchased by the Plymouth Colony from local Native Americans. The area was later ceded to Rhode Island. William Blackstone was the town's first European settler. Cumberland, which was incorporated in 1746, is home to many National Registered Historic Places including the Ashton Historic District, Luke Jillson House, Tower-Flagg Barn Complex, and Berkeley Mill Village.

Cumberland and Nearby Attractions

  • Valley Falls Heritage Park
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
  • Arnold Arboretum
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Fall River Carousel
  • Lincoln Woods State Park

Things To Do In Cumberland

While in Cumberland, leisure time may be spent at George Washington Memorial Park, Berkeley Mill Village Historic District, Arnold Mills Historic District, and Valley Falls Heritage Park which are situated nearby. Several parks in the area are Freetown Fall River State Forest, Quaddick State Park, and Ashland State Park. Activities such as hiking and picnicking may be enjoyed at Purgatory Chasm State Reservation. Some of the other popular attractions near Cumberland are Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, and the New England Aquarium.

Cumberland Transportation

Flights are available from Theodore Francis Green State Airport.

Cumberland Higher Education

Providence College, Bryant College, and Rhode Island College are some of the colleges near Cumberland.

People

Total Population 34,124
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 17.2%
Employed Population 16+ 17,936
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 54.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $89,587
% Above Poverty Level 93.8%
% Below Poverty Level 6.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 27%
Median Gross Rent $871
Median House Value $248,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.1%
US/American 0.4%
English 13.5%
Irish 23.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cumberland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles N of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 32 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Providence
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02864
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.977
Longitude -71.433

Cumberland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WEST MEDWAY
Distance 10.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 16.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Station NORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Central Falls 19,378 $31,398
Lincoln 21,396 $86,800
North Smithfield 12,159 $93,920
Pawtucket 71,395 $49,440
Smithfield 21,513 $81,790
Woonsocket 41,213 $45,986

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Cumberland Public Libraries

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Cumberland Public Library
1464 DIAMOND HILL ROAD
Cumberland, Rhode Island
(401) 333-2552
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CUMBERLAND HIGH SCHOOL
2600 MENDON ROAD
401-658-2600
Serves 1,553 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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